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Happy Thanksgiving!

What a wonderful holiday in the midst of dreary November. Not only do we have the opportunity to visit with friends and family, we get an eat-your-full, free-pass, no calorie-counting day! Now, I’ll have you know, my cooking is passible for my family 364 days a year, but come Thanksgiving, I leave the cooking to the masters. This year, my cousins Gwen and Sig are hosting the meal at their house. Gwen is an awesome cook! Umm, her crab dip appetizer, well, let’s just say, her meals start out tremendous and never dip down from there : ) My aunt Ona will also be contributing to the feast in her stellar cooking fashion. Me? I’ll bring something people won’t be afraid to eat — probably still in the store wrapping : )

Would Thanksgiving be a day of thanks, if we didn’t say what we’re thankful for? No way! So I’ll start with my list. Please feel free to add your own!

  1. For my loving family. Kara came home from college for the holiday and everyone is healthy, wealthy in love, and wise.
  2. For beautiful Colorado where I’m proud to call home.
  3. For God’s blessing on a writing career that teaches me something each time I write a word.
  4. For friends that offer the best kind of support — their unceasing love.
  5. For my husband. Without him, growing old wouldn’t be any fun.
  6. For an utterly enjoyable day job that makes me look forward to going to work everyday.
  7. For a warm house we can afford and bills that don’t exceed our income.
  8. For my loving parents who taught me the value of work and blessing of play.
  9. For my grandmother who nurtured and prayed over the seed of faith in my heart.
  10. For Jesus Christ, my Lord and Savior, who loved me enough to die and rise again for me.

I could go on and on about the things I’m thankful for, but for anyone else, this would be boring. You only go around once in life, so live, laugh, and give praise!

Don’t worry about anything; instead, pray about everything. Tell God what you need, and thank Him for all He has done. Philippians 4:6

Blessings to you this Thanksgiving Day!

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(Word) Countdown to December 31st

November 23, 2008

I’ve been dragging my heels, but no more! I plan to complete my rough draft rewrite of Rough and Ready by Dec 31, 2008! Daunting task, you say? Not if I’m faithful. How can I call myself a writer if I don’t write?

Okay, this is a rough draft, so I’m aiming for 75,000 words for a projected finished length of 90,000.

Watch my side bar and measure my progress with me : ) I know we’re going into the holidays, but hey, what better time to proclaim God’s glory?

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Check It Out!

Are you thinking for starting a new writing project? Debby Giusti has some great idea for beginning that new book, starting with the first line! Check out Seekerville to read her blog.

Donnell has posted a blog on Five Scribes that takes out a lot of the where-to-go when searching for an agent blog. Don’t miss this informative post!

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It’s Flu Season

My best laid plans of get ‘er done have been sidelined by the dread of the winter season — the flu. Now, what I just survived, is not the real flu where people die and everything. No it’s the kind that makes you miserable for 36 hours because really, all I need by my side is the bathroom and a comfy pillow, and yet, I can’t function enough to do anything but sleep! No computer, no crocheting, no reading. Even the TV had it’s visual moments inducing stomach gurgles and mad sprints.

Some say fight it and hang tough.
I say find a comfy couch, a compassionate Corgi, and non-corrosive Kleenex, turn on soul stirring music and just ride it out : )
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Courting Miss Adelaide

As writers, we all long for the review that showcases our ability. My friend and fellow Seeker, Janet Dean has received a review most worthy of fanning away the faints : ) Her debut novel, Courting Miss Adelaide is an astounding work worthy of every word of praise given! Keep an eye on Ms. Dean. May the good Lord grant us many more books from her talented fingers : )

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Marlena Fortune

If you have a moment, jump over to the Seekerville blog. The most esteemed, Marlena Fortune has graciously dropped in to share her knowledge of the Literary Agent world. Good stuff and very entertaining!

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Sure it looks easy…

I spent most of the afternoon brawling with Blogger and Photobucket. I am not the most computer literate apple in the bushel, and afternoons like this are frustrating reminders of that fact. It looks easy, doesn’t it? Just follow the template prompts and Voila! you should have a blog or website as shown in the marketing brochures.

Yeah, right.

Wailing my woes to the Seeker loop for support from my sisters, I whined enough to make all of us feel good : ) Camy Tang, in her infinite cyber hardware wisdom emailed a few simple steps and finally Voila!, just like in the marketing brochures : )

Anyway, take a look at the right of my blog and witness the fruits of my labor. My slideshow attempts to display my inspiration for Rough and Ready, Book One of my Circle D series. I’m doing a serious revamp of the plot and God has thrown some pretty good wrenches in my former okay plot to give the unexpected twists and turns. Well, they were unexpected to me, LOL.

I like it.

I hope you will soon, too : )

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Check It Out!

Books coming out this month and those already on the shelves:

Countdown to Death by Debby Giusti
A Love Inspired Suspense, Book One of Debby’s Magnolia Medical series.

Medical researcher, Allison Stewart has to work against the clock to find out how five people from a small Georgia town contracted a rare, deadly disease. Before she ask one question, someone tries to kill her. Handsome recluse, Luke Garrison is thought to be guilty of a decade-old murder with ties to Allison’s case. Can she trust Luke as an ally, or will she be the next victim?

Single Sashimi by Camy Tang
Zondervan Publishers, Book Three of Camy’s Sushi Series.

Venus Chau is determined to start her own game development company and launch the next Super Mario-sized phenomenon. However, she needs an investor to back her idea. When Drake Yu, an old nemesis, approaches Venus with a contracting opportunity at his sister’s startup, the offer tempts Venus to think the unthinkable.

Venus would rather throw away her PS3 than work for Drake again…but then Grandma bribes Venus to do this favor for Drake’s wealthy family. With the encouragement of her three cousins, Lex, Trish, and Jennifer, Venus discovers that even a wounded heart can undergo a beautiful transformation. . .

Where The Heart Leads by Kim Vogel Sawyer
Bethany House Publishers

After his graduation from college, Thomas Ollenburger is filled with big dreams and even bigger questions. What will he do for a job? Should he marry? Where will he call home? Torn between his Mennonite roots on the Kansas prairie and his love for the big city of Boston, as well as his affection for a girl from each location, Thomas doesn’t know which path he is meant to take. He has always sought God’s help with his decision-making, but now it seems Heaven is staying stubbornly silent. What will Thomas choose?

A Passion Redeemed by Julie Lessman
Revell Publishers, Book 2 of Julie’s The Daughters of Boston series.

No man can resist her charms. Or so she thought.
Charity O’Connor is a woman who gets what she wants. Her stunning beauty and fliratious ways have always succeeded with men. Until Mitch Dennehy, that is. Brilliant and dangerously handsome, Mitch is a no-nonsense newspaperman who wants nothing to do with her. Charity burned him once, destroying his engagement to the only woman he ever truly loved. He won’t play with matches again. But Charity has a plan to turn up the heat, hoping to ignite the heart of the man she loves. And she always gets what she wants–one way or another.

Or does she? Will her best laid schemes win his love? Or will her seductive ways drive him away forever?

Great reads! Go pick up a copy and enjoy!

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Scriptwriting and novels go hand in hand, or so it seems. A couple of my favorite blogs are hosting posts on writing screenplays. If you want the skinny on Show, Don’t Tell, these are the blogs to read!

Sandra Leesmith on Seekerville
Leslie Ann Sartor on Five Scribes

Amazing stuff!

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New Writers Group

I just returned from a wonderful meeting of the Front Range Christian Fiction Writers (FRCFW). The group discussed becoming an official chapter of ACFW, but decided to wait on the final decision, choosing instead to remain simply a structured group for Christians writing fiction.

Members will be supported in every area of their writing needs:

  • writing tips
  • guest speakers
  • brainstorming sessions
  • booksignings
  • fellowship
  • Anything else that comes up : )

We meet the fourth (4th) Saturday of the month at the Barnes & Noble in Centerra Shopping Center, Loveland, CO 10:00 am – noon.

Saturday, November 22, Carol Steward will be the guest speaker giving us tips on Characterization. She will speak from 10:00am-noon, then at 1:00 pm, Barnes & Noble is hosting a booksigning for her. Please come if your schedule allows!

Check back for more information and schedules!

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